This woman wants to change her 4 year old daughter's name because it's become too common

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Choosing a name for your child is one of the biggest decisions you're ever likely to make. But what happens if, despite settling on a name for your son or daughter, you end up changing your mind about it? For one woman, that's exactly what happened... when her daughter was four years old.

Writing on a Mumsnet thread, the woman explained she had called her daughter Esmée, a name she "thought was very original" as she "hadn't heard another girl called it in about 20 years".

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Fast-forward four years and Esmée is about to start school. The problem is, according to her mum, there will be two other girls in her class with the same name.

"Totally hacked off and really upset by this," the woman wrote. "Maybe an over reaction but in the 1970s I was one of five named the same in my class and vowed never to have my [children] live with the same. Now history is being repeated," she continued.

"Am I unreasonable to change my [daughter's] name before September?" the mother wrote. "I love her name but HATE it's so common now."

Her post was met with some incredulous responses from fellow mothers.

"She is four years not four months and will be so very confused if you change her name now!" one fellow Mumsnet user wrote. "I don't think it's up to you, surely it's up to your daughter, it's her name now, not yours," added another.

And, well, the rest of the responses were pretty much all on the same wavelength.

"Ridiculous. Don’t give your daughter a complex about this," one woman replied.

According to the law, all a parent needs to do to change their child's name is get the consent of everyone who has parental responsibility. So as long as the woman's partner agrees with changing it too, it looks like Esmée could be going to school in September with an entirely different name...

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